Yellowstone National Park - Winter Supplemental EIS Scoping Announced!

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February 01, 2012 6:27 PM

Yellowstone National Park - Winter Supplemental EIS Scoping Announced! Dear Interested Snowmobilers, I am sure many of you have followed the twists and turns of Winter Use Planning processes for the last twelve plus years.  There have been many.  In addition, the continuing legal battles in the Washington D.C. and Wyoming courts have yet to come to a conclusion that both sides will accept. The good news is that the next Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) process will start on February 3, 2012, and could provide for a much-needed, reasonable, science-based, long-

Yellowstone National Park - Winter Supplemental EIS Scoping Announced!

Dear Interested Snowmobilers,

I am sure many of you have followed the twists and turns of Winter Use Planning processes for the last twelve plus years.  There have been many.  In addition, the continuing legal battles in the Washington D.C. and Wyoming courts have yet to come to a conclusion that both sides will accept.

The good news is that the next Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) process will start on February 3, 2012, and could provide for a much-needed, reasonable, science-based, long-range Winter Use Plan for Yellowstone National Park. 

The first step in the new SEIS process is scoping, which the Service defines as:

"The procedure by which an agency identifies important issues and determines the extent of analysis necessary for an informed decision on a proposed action.  Scoping, an integral part of environmental analysis, includes early involvement of interested and affected public, as well as internal and external agency contacts. Although formal scoping occurs for a specific time period, we welcome your comments on projects while we are in the process of preparing plans."

It is important that snowmobilers comment during the scoping process. The formal process will start with the Federal Register Notice on February 3, 2012.  The Scoping Process will allow 30 days for comments from the public, and will formally end in early March 2012.

The Park service will be holding open houses during the scoping period to answer questions about winter use issues, draft alternatives, and the process of preparing the Supplemental EIS. The meetings schedule is listed below

Monday,  Feb. 13th in Cody WY: Holiday Inn, 1702 Sheridan Ave
Tuesday,  Feb. 14th in Jackson, WY: The Virginian Lodge, 750 W. Broadway
Wednesday, Feb. 15th in West Yellowstone MT: Holiday Inn, 315 Yellowstone Ave.
Thursday, Feb. 16th in Bozeman. MT: Holiday Inn Baxter Lane    

All four open houses will run from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Note: BlueRibbon is developing important areas to comment on, and will have that information available in the near future.  Please visit our dedicated website at www.saveyellowstonepark.com for updates.

Thanks in advance for your help in commenting during the scoping period on the Winter Use Supplemental EIS.

Jack Welch
Special Projects Consultant
BlueRibbon Coalition
jrwelch@frii.com
303-489-9477

Note: To review the Park Service media release on the Long-Term Winter Use Plan for Yellowstone and announcement of the Public Open Houses Scheduled in February, click on the following link.
http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/YNP_Long-Term_Winter_Use_Plan_JAN-2012.pdf

 

 


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